Assisted Living Offers Older Boomers a Bit of Help

By: Jody Smith

Most baby boomers are doing fine on their own, thanks. But as the oldest boomers journey further into their sixties, things could start to change just enough so that the idea of having a little help might begin to look attractive.

For seniors who are no longer able to be self-sufficient and who need just a little assistance, there are new options that didn't exist just a few short years ago. Now, assisted living has become a booming (forgive the pun) industry, offering a variety of supports for seniors who are just running into a few snags.

To make the best use of this option, it's essential that the senior be realistic about what they do and don't need. Are you having trouble getting around? Is walking a bit challenging? Are you subject to losing your balance? This will shape the profile of the type of assistance you'll want.

Is arthritis making it hard to do household chores and cook meals? Maybe you can't brush your hair, or brush your hair yourself anymore. Staff is available to help you with personal care and home management. Take this into consideration as you scope out what's available.

Perhaps you're no longer able to drive and transportation is a going concern. Assisted living can make a difference on a couple of fronts. Living in a community setting puts many things right at your doorstep, no longer necessitating the use of a car or a bus schedule. Places and people that were becoming out of reach will be accessible again if transportation is on the list of assisted living options.

While assisted living facilities are not like nursing homes and are not really designed for intensive chronic health care, medical staff is always available. This can be reassuring for seniors who are feeling a bit frail.

Everybody has moments of forgetfulness, but if this is becoming a problem in your life, assisted living can help fill in the gaps.

Baby boomers have always had a knack for departing from tradition and creating new paths. Think about every aspect of your life, and use this to inform your search for the best fit in an assisted living arrangement. It may be tempting to minimize some of your limitations, and you may flirt with denial about how things really are.

But it's important to see yourself clearly, and if you can get some honest input from friends or family, put your ego aside and listen. You'll want to make a good match and a comfortable fit between your needs and the facilities available at an assisted living facility.

Sources:

Assisted Living Facilities

http://helpguide.org/elder/assisted_living_facilities.htm

Assisted Living

http://www.retirementhomes.com/homes/Assisted_Living/index.html

Advantages of Assisted Living for Seniors

http://www.ehow.com/list_5891814_advantages-assisted-living-seniors.html

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